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'''Villanova University''' is a private university located in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania|Radnor Township, a suburb northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia|Archdiocese of Philadelphia in the United States. Named after Thomas of Villanova|Saint Thomas of Villanova, the school is the oldest Catholic university in the Commonwealth (U.S. state)|Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1842 by the Order of Saint Augustine, the university traces its roots to St. Augustine Church, Philadelphia|old Saint Augustine's Church, Philadelphia, which the Augustinian friars founded in 1796, and to its parish school, Saint Augustine's Academy, which was established in 1811. ''U.S. News & World Report'' lists Villanova as a "more selective" regional university and ranks it as the best regional university in the North. Barrons lists Villanova as...
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